Teachers- Let’s be real. We are so busy! It’s super hard to balance work and life without anything else built in, but finding professional clothing… yeah… who has time for that? Not ME!
I hesitated to join Stitch Fix for a really long time. I felt like it was so expensive and hey– I live on a teacher’s salary so there’s not much left at the end of the month.
About two years ago I started to realize that my professional clothing was more than a little frayed on the edges. When I say “more than a little,” what I really mean is that I’m 5’10” tall and I’m a size 6 so to find pants that fit at a normal store I have to rip out the hem. Evidently it’s not normal for a female to have between a 34″ and 36″ inseam. (Ok, I get the oddness of this. My husband is 6’5″ and we have the same inseam.)
My point is that I was far enough into my professional career that I was beginning to realize that I looked ridiculous with ripped out hems. You know, when my babies were little I somehow managed to get spit up on my shirts between home and dropping them off at daycare so ripped pants hems just sort of fit in…. but my babies aren’t little anymore so I have no excuse to be a hot mess.
I made a vow that I would figure out how to find really good clothing. I wasn’t ready to actually INVEST in good clothes yet, though, so I shopped clearance. I went to Kohl’s and shopped their sales. A person can get a lot of clothes at Kohl’s for not much money. However, when you really start to look at finding clothes that fit someone with my unusual height, a selection of 144 pants turns to 4. 4 pants options with long inseam… really? Well, boots cover up the fact that pants are too short so let’s just say I’ve purchased a LOT of boots the last couple of years.
I don’t like buying clothes that I have to rig up somehow so they fit right. I feel like I’m a professional so I should have clothes that I’m comfortable in and that fit right. Plus, I do not have time to shop! I hate waiting in lines and dragging my 3 kids with me to the “city” to go shopping (for me!) is a special form of torture. I’d rather wear ratty clothes than do that, ever.
So I finally took the plunge.
I initially thought it was expensive and justified it in my head by saying that I’d just send it all back and I’d only be out the $20 styling fee.
That’s not really what happened. I liked several things so I kept them. Then I let them send me another fix and I liked that one too. Then I realized that I was wearing my Stitch Fix clothes more often than I was wearing my “other” clothes. Why? Because they fit. Because the seams never accidentally ripped.
Then I sent my stylist a note. I thought I had a really tall order. (I’m trying to be punny!) I told her I’m 5’10” tall and prefer to wear pants between 34 and 36″ inseam, longer for heels, shorter for flats. I am a size 6 but have hips. I need to be professional, modest but stylish. I’m 34 and need to dress my age but not a touch older. I teach elementary special education so I need something that is comfortable so I can get on the floor with kids if I need to and I need to be able to move around with ease.
I kind of chuckled at all of my requests and deep down felt a little sorry for my stylist. I mean, she never did anything but help me and now I’m being so difficult!
But she really delivered! I actually kept everything this last fix! If you keep everything they give you a 20% off discount. My husband, who stressed out about me spending $1.79 on light fixture covers last week even told me that all of the pieces were “worth it.”
Wait, what? Who are you and what did you do with my husband?
Teachers, listen. The thing is that I KNOW we are all crazy busy and finding the clothes that fit our super busy lifestyles and unique bodies is really something that often falls on the bottom of the priority list. But it shouldn’t. You guys! We shape the future of young hearts and minds! We deserve to take care of ourselves and once you consider the fact that buying QUALITY clothes that actually fit is a better investment than cheap clothes that you have to work to hide the flaws… well… it’s not a difficult decision.
I know that I feel better and more confident when I’m comfortable in my clothes. I teach better when I’m not tugging at my shirt or my pants. I know that if my stylist sends me something I’m not totally loving, I can send it right back and I won’t be charged!